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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: arthritis   yoga   physical therapy  

Those who have been diagnosed with arthritis know the painful and tiring symptoms that come with it. All arthritis patients may have similar symptoms, but each person can have their own sensitivities and triggers. Below, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can care for your arthritic feet, as well as some lifestyle changes you can make to help you in your day-to-day.

Since arthritis is a chronic condition of inflammation in the joints, minimize activities and foods that trigger inflammation. For example:

  • Find a way to reduce stress levels. If work stresses you out, it may be time to find something that will be easier to manage. Additionally, you can try to do stress relieving or preventing activities, such as exercise, meditation, and yoga.
  • Eat foods that have anti-inflammatory characteristics, such as salmon (and other foods with omega-3 fatty acids), nuts, and blueberries. You’ll want to avoid foods that are sugary or fried.

The following are changes you can make to help relieve symptoms and reduce risk of triggering inflammation events:

  • Keep track of your triggers so that you know how your body reacts.
  • Try to maintain a good sleep schedule and schedule rest periods throughout the day. It may take some trial and error to figure out the just how much rest your body needs.
  • Try your best to stay active, rather than staying still due to pain. In fact, some light/low-impact exercise and physical therapy can help reduce pain. Additionally, maintaining healthy body weight can reduce risk of increased symptoms due to being overweight or obese.
  • Take time to actively relieve pain. This could mean regular Epsom salt foot baths or a foot massage to increase circulation and relieve stiff joints.
  • Make adjustments at home. If going up and down the stairs is painful, you may need to move your bedroom to the first floor. Soft padded floors are helpful – use foam mats anywhere you stand for a long period of time, such as at the kitchen or bathroom sinks.
  • Find comfortable, supportive shoes. When arthritis affects the feet, it can be daunting just to move from one place to another. Orthotic inserts can be helpful, but over time, especially if joints become deformed, you may need custom orthotics made by our podiatrist.

If still need help with caring for arthritic feet, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet to meet your needs at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

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